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Guns N’ Roses to Headline Revolver Golden Gods Awards

Axl Rose will also accept Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award

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Guns N’ Roses will headline this year’s edition of Revolver magazine’s hard rock–centric Golden Gods Awards. The ceremony will be held at Los Angeles’s Club Nokia on April 23rd and will also feature performances by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Korn, A Day to Remember, a solo performance by Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde, the Pretty Reckless and more. The magazine will announce more performers in the weeks to come.

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In addition to performing, GN’R frontman Axl Rose will also receive the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous Lifetime Achievement recipients include Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica.

Joan Jett is also on deck to receive a trophy naming her the Golden God. It’s the first time in the show’s six-year history that a woman will be honored with this award, which previously went to the likes of Kiss‘s Gene Simmons and Alice Cooper. “No one deserves this award more than Joan Jett,” Cooper said in a statement. “She’s never compromised who she is – she’s a rocker through and through. I wish some of the younger bands had the balls that Joan Jett does!”

The awards show will hand out trophies in 12 categories this year, ranging from Most Metal Athlete to Album of the Year. Fans are able to vote on the winners on Revolver’s website through April 4th.

Hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold lead the nominees with seven nominations, including Album of the Year for last year’s Hail to the King and Song of the Year. Other heavily nominated artists include Five Finger Death Punch, who received six, Black Sabbath, who are up for five, and Korn, who could take home four.

This year, the show’s organizers have renamed the Best Guitarist category after Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who was murdered 10 years ago this year. “I am very honored that Revolver is renaming the Best Guitarist Award after Dime,” former Pantera drummer and Darrell’s brother, Vinnie Paul, said in a statement. “He was and always will be what heavy-metal guitar playing is all about. This award is given to the person with those special skills that sets them apart from others. Dime always went for it and I know he would be proud of the winner of this award.”

Tickets for the live event go on sale February 28th, via

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